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Volume 2007 |Article ID 070145 | https://doi.org/10.1155/2007/70145

Rafael Khatchadourian, Alexia Bachir, Samuel J. Clarke, Colin D. Heyes, Paul W. Wiseman, Jay L. Nadeau, "Fluorescence Intensity and Intermittency as Tools for Following Dopamine Bioconjugate Processing in Living Cells", BioMed Research International, vol. 2007, Article ID 070145, 10 pages, 2007. https://doi.org/10.1155/2007/70145

Fluorescence Intensity and Intermittency as Tools for Following Dopamine Bioconjugate Processing in Living Cells

Academic Editor: Marek Osinski
Received10 Apr 2007
Revised11 Aug 2007
Accepted24 Dec 2007
Published24 Mar 2008

Abstract

CdSe/ZnS quantum dots (QDs) conjugated to biomolecules that quench their fluorescence, particularly dopamine, have particular spectral properties that allow determination of the number of conjugates per particle, namely, photoenhancement and photobleaching. In this work, we quantify these properties on a single-particle and ensemble basis in order to evaluate their usefulness as a tool for indicating QD uptake, breakdown, and processing in living cells. This creates a general framework for the use of fluorescence quenching and intermittency to better understand nanoparticle-cell interactions.

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